Cognitive Approaches

Language change

Research exercise: What's the meaning of meh?

"Meh" is a commonly used word in the Simpsons universe. In the episode "Hungry Hungry Homer", Homer asks Bart and Lisa if they want to go to Blockoland:

  Bart and Lisa together: Meh.
  Homer: But the TV gave me the impression that...
  Bart: We said, "Meh!"
  Lisa: M-E-H, meh.

In the light of our discussion of Croft's Utterance Selection Theory search the internet for a definition of the word meh and try to find reasons for how and why it got integrated into the English language.

Need some help? Then check out this article in the Guardian and this post on the Language Log blog.